Featured Mini-Grantee | CHOICES Mindfulness Training

2021-02-25T10:23:28-05:00February 5th, 2021|

Helping Jersey City Students Make Mindful CHOICES The CHOICES Program is an alternative special education program, implemented in the Jersey City Public School system to achieve positive change and outcomes for at-risk students.  The acronym CHOICES stands for Choosing Honor, Opportunity, Integrity, Character, Excellence and Service. It signifies a commitment to help children with behavioral and emotional disabilities acquire self-regulation skills, social skills, and anger management techniques to improve their overall mental health and sense of well-being. The CHOICES academic program: Offers a low student to teacher ratio with a typical maximum of six students per class. Utilizes a behavioral management system (Class Dojo) to monitor classroom behavior. Teaches and reinforces behaviors necessary for a positive classroom setting. Provides 1:1 and group in-classroom counseling by psychologists and social workers. Includes [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee | Good Grief, Inc

2021-02-05T17:23:21-05:00January 20th, 2021|

Supporting Our Jersey City Children in Grief The NY Life Foundation estimates that 1 in 7 Americans will lose a parent or sibling before the age of 25.  And according to Good Grief, this translates to over 280,000 grieving children and adolescents under the age of 18 in the state of New Jersey.  So that no child has to ever grieve alone, Good Grief provides free, innovative, and comprehensive bereavement care through family coaching, peer support, education, and advocacy. Childhood bereavement is an adversity like neglect, abuse, and abandonment.  Grief can have physiological ramifications that lead to toxic stress, which can even change the architectural reconstruction of a child's brain. Social, emotional, and cognitive development can be impaired, resulting in unhealthy behaviors that manifest as obesity, substance abuse, heart disease and diabetes.  Bottomline [...]

HealthierJC: A Look Back at the First 100 Days of Covid-19 Response

2020-07-23T15:08:47-04:00June 13th, 2020|

Co-authored by Maryanne Kelleher, Director, Partnership for a HealthierJC & Mike McLean, Immigrant Affairs Division Director The Covid-19 pandemic is an historic threat to public health, and Jersey City Health & Human Services has worked tirelessly to defend the most vulnerable and ensure equitable access to services for all. We are forever indebted to the City employees and community partners who sacrificed, saved lives, and worked for a Healthier Jersey City. Let’s take a look back at the first 100 days of response, made possible with strong partnerships and a resilient Jersey City community. Evidenced Commitment to Test and Eliminate Spread In the first 100 days, Jersey City acted quickly to launch its own testing, resulting in more than 31,000 free nasal swab and antibody tests conducted at a variety [...]

Don’t panic—the “public charge” rule might not affect you. Find out more on October 19th.

2019-09-26T15:19:16-04:00September 26th, 2019|

by Mayra Episcopo, Guest Columnist When my phone rings at the Division of Immigrant Affairs, the person on the other end of the line is likely an immigrant with a question. I help immigrants every day with employment, housing, food, lawyers, schooling—whatever is needed. I connect them with our local services network, our HealthierJC partners, and our own human services team. But what would happen if my phone stopped ringing? If immigrants stopped trusting local government? In a city where two of every five residents were born in another country, the health of immigrants is a barometer of the city’s public health at large. If immigrants stop calling my phone, that signals a deficiency in the health of our entire City. This month the federal government will use a new [...]

A Van for Our Vets!

2019-08-08T14:33:17-04:00August 8th, 2019|

Thursday, August 8th was Military Appreciation Day when the PGA Tour made a stop at Jersey City's Liberty National Golf Course. The tour's sponsors showed their appreciation for veterans by giving them access to a private lounge, and had a special surprise for Jersey City's local veteran community. Northern Trust President of Wealth Management in the East Region, Henry Johnson, surprised Purple Heart recipient, Vietnam War hero and Commander of VFW Post 2294 Tony Goodson with the keys to a brand new 15-passenger van that is going to be outfitted to be wheelchair accessible and will help transport veterans to and from their medical appointments. VFW Post 2294 was one of the HealthierJC 2018 mini-grantees. They described in great detail what their needs were, and how they would use our [...]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Public Hearings for the Annual Action Plan

2018-10-23T15:07:22-04:00October 23rd, 2018|

Please read the below announcement from Mayor Steven Fulop regarding upcoming public hearings: CITY OF JERSEY CITY Public Notice Announcement As part of its citizen participation process, the Division of Community Development is hosting two public hearings for members of the public to present their views on priorities and strategies for the 2019–2020 Annual Action Plan. The City seeks public input in order to better identify needs relevant to low- and moderate-income residents. The following grants will be discussed at the hearings: • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)   The first public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 4 p.m. at St. Peter's University, in the Duncan [...]